200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen, 1835-1935
Texas is known for producing and attracting vicious outlaws. Machine Gun Kelly, Billy the Kidd, and Clyde Barrow are just a few. These criminals terrorized civilians, inspiring both fear and awe and creating legends that would be handed down through generations. Tales of the state's gunfights, robberies, heinous ne'er-do-wells, and noble lawmen bring to life a time before the West was tamed.
During the wild days of Texas some of the events that occurred were stranger and more interesting than fiction. While staying at a hotel, John Wesley Hardin killed a man for snoring. Robert Clay Allison killed a looter for breaking one of his mother's favorite pitchers. Even the lawmen of this time period were not always heroic. Henry Brown, a former deputy sheriff, took time off from his position as a city marshal in order to rob a bank and was later killed by irate citizens. Sheriff John Larn killed a half-deaf suspect who did not halt when commanded.
The profiles in this reference include outlaws, gangsters, lawmen and a few Texas feudalists, Rio Grande border warriors, and Indian agitators. Also included is a chronology of well-known crimes and a locale list of notorious events.
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This book contains quite a few factual errors! Among others, the Bob Lee bio. Lee returned from the war, 1865. Wasn't a 'prominent rancher.' Peacock wasn't killed in the company of Union soldiers! He was killed as he exited his home by a member of Bob Lee's faction who was hidden in a fruit tree.
Lee lived in Fannin County. Joined CSA in Grayson County. He was kidnapped shortly after returning home from the war. He was taken to near Bonham, Texas where he was forced to sign an IOU for $1000 gold. He was released and later filed charges in Bonham.
When the Peacock group came for the money, Lewis and group got lead, not gold. The Feud began.